Posted On: July 7, 2010 by Pennsylvania Personal Injury Attorney

Barge Pulled by Tugboat Sinks Tourist Vessel in Philadelphia

On July 7th, 2010, an 800-foot long barge being pulled by a tugboat in the Delaware River collided with an amphibious tourist boat, causing it to overturn, consequently casting the 37 people onboard into the water. Two passengers are missing - a 16-year-old girl and the 20-year-old man - and nine people are being treated for minor injuries, according to a New York Times article. Numerous boats from the Coast Guard and both the Philadelphia police and fire departments rushed to rescue tour boat passengers soon after the collision took place. Within the first hour of the boating accident, 35 passengers were retrieved.

While a search has already begun for the submerged tourist vessel, at the time of the article’s release, state and federal investigators were on their way to begin an investigation of the Philadelphia boating accident. So far, investigators know that the tourist boat had stalled on the river after a fire broke out onboard and that the barge that struck the boat had been left unmanned and unmotored. Four tourist boat passengers have been transported to Hahnemann University Hospital where physicians are evaluating their conditions.

Tragic boating accidents similar to the Philadelphia barge tour boat collision should never occur in the first place. Boating collisions can lead to serious injuries and even death, especially when large vessels like barges collide with smaller boats. It is during such challenging times that boating accident victims and their families can rely on Philadelphia boating accident lawyers who have the experience necessary to successfully obtain compensation from negligent parties.

At Cherry Fieger & Marciano, LLP, our Pennsylvania boat accident attorneys will help you with your case by collecting necessary documentation and conducting a thorough investigation of your accident. If you or someone you care about has been injured on the water in a tourist boat accident, barge collision, or any other watercraft incident, please contact our attorneys for a free consultation. Call 888-684-7192 today.